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In 2018-2019, Pakistan’s largest export industry was the textile industry, with hosiery and readymade garments contributing 544 billion PKR/3.47 billion USD to total trade.

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According to the Pakistan Economic Survey 2018-19 analyzed by Gallup Pakistan, in 2018-2019, Pakistan’s largest export industry was the textile industry, with hosiery and readymade garments contributing 544 billion PKR/3.47 billion USD to total trade. 

Of a grand total of 2.2 trillion PKR earned from exports, 285 billion rupees were earned from hosiery (13% of total export earnings); 259 billion from readymade garments (11%); 227 billion from bed wear (10%); 211 billion from cotton fabrics (9%); 199 billion from rice (9%); 111 billion from chemicals and pharmaceuticals (5%); 110 billion from cotton yarn (5%); 77 billion from towels (3%); 47 billion from leather manufactures (2%) and 733 billion from other products (33%).

However, total exports (2,263 billion) in 2018-2019, when compared to total imports (5,371 billion) paint a bleak picture of Pakistan’s economic standing. The 3,107 billion rupee difference between exports and imports highlights an urgent need for development of our trade sector.

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